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Nalrish Basketball Classic Targets Youth Dev – Sponsor

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The major sponsor of the just concluded Nalrish Basketball Classic (NBC) tournament, in Port Harcourt, Natasha Obeten, says championship was geared towards uplifting the youths in the society. 
According to her, she decided to host the maiden edition of NBC in Port Harcourt because she started the game in Port Harcourt, adding that it is another way to give back to the society.
Obeten, who played for ASA Collage basketball team in United States, said this on Saturday in a Radio programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt.
“Port Harcourt is my home town and I grew up in Port Harcourt Township, that is where I started playing the game of basketball.
I want to give back to the society through basketball because I played basketball as well,” Obeten said.
She revealed that NBC championship will be extended to other West African countries as a way of giving back to the society.
“I made it classic this year because by next year, it is going to be bigger and better than this.
I will extend it to other West African countries and is going to be yearly,” she stated.
She further disclosed that the NBC championship is supported by the Rivers State Government, Senior Citizens, Youth Wisdom Development  and the Nigeria  Female Basketball Players organisation based in United States.
“I joined Rivers State basketball team in my earlier age but never made the team and later played for Nigeria Customs Female Basketball League.
I went to different basketball camp and one of the camps I got full scholarship to study in the United States, New York.
Right now, I am a member of Nigeria Female Basketball players in United States and also member of Senior Citizens and Youth Wisdom Development, so, I decided to merge them together to organise this tournament,” she explained.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Nigeria’s Sports Journalists Amongst Best In World – Sports Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, at the weekend, felicitated with sports journalists across the country and beyond, as this year’s International Sports Journalists Day was celebrated worldwide.
Dare, a journalist, said that the profession is a noble one reserved for hardworking personalities, who work round the clock, all year-round, to give sports the needed reportage.
“This day deserves to be celebrated, as I am a sports journalist myself, and I know the efforts and passion they put into their job daily.
“Today, I celebrate sports journalists, who have made immeasurable, sacrifice for sports across the globe, especially in Nigeria,” he said.
He added, “in Nigeria, they rank very high among professionals, who put so much passion into their work, no matter what they face.
“You have not paid attention to the hazards of the job, but instead you have chosen to be partners in the development of sports. This, in itself, calls for celebration and I join in this celebration.”
The 2022 event themed: “Securing a Sustainable and Peaceful Future For All,” is being celebrated by sports journalists, media organisations and related industries across the world since 1994.

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AITEO Cup: Coach Expresses Disappointment Over Change Of Venue

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The Head coach of Police Crime Busters FC of Port Harcourt, ASP Douye Ghomorai, has expressed sadness over the change of venue for the final of this year’s AITEO Cup from Sharks Football Stadium.
He explained that the orgnisers had not given any reason why they changed the venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, saying that Sharks football Stadium has been the traditional host of the AITEO Cup finals.
ASP Ghomorsi said this in a telephone interview with Tidesports shortly after the Rivers State Football Association, (RSFA), announced the shift of venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium last week.
According to him, the shift of venue will adversely affect fans of his team, especially, in terms of transporting themselves to attend the match.
“We are not happy over the change of the venue because our fans may not be there to cheer their team to victory.
This is not fair with us because it is not going to be easy for our supporters and fans” ASP Ghomorai said.
He appealled to the leadership of the State FA to rescind their decision, noting that though football could be played on any pitch, the spectators should be considered first.
“We are going to play the game but I am appealing because we want a situation where we will have more people to watch the game”
The final match of this year’s Rivers state AITEO Cup will take place on Wednesday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium between Rivers United FC and Police Crime Busters FC by 3pm.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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NPFL: Rivers United Receive Commendations Over Title Win

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have continued to receive commendations following their impressive performance this season and subsequent emergence as winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season with three matches left.
The latest came from Head coach of New Guner FC of Gokana Local Government Area, in Rivers State, Legbara Gentle, who said that it is a good thing that has happened to the State and football.
Gentle made the assertion in a telephone interview with Tidesports at the weekend.
According to him, if the Pride of Rivers State, as Rivers United are known, maintain their current form, they can win the CAF Champions League.
“If Rivers United FC can maintain their current form, they can even win the continental trophy next season.
As a coach I know it is not easy to win the NPFL title because competition is very high as every club wants to win the League” Gentle said.
He further commended the management team of the club led by Barrister Christopher Green and technical crew, for their efforts and commitment to achieve success.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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